The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County
|Wednesday, April 28, 2010|
|WHERE OCBC STANDS: JUNE 2010 BALLOT MEASURES|
Board of Directors has
reviewed the five ballot measures qualified for the June 2010
and has taken positions on them, after consideringthe
the Voting Members of the Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee, OCBC's
policy positions and core initiatives. OCBC
- Proposition 13 - Seismic
14 - Open Primaries--SUPPORT
15 - California Fair Elections Act of 2008--OPPOSE
16 - Taxpayers Right to Vote
17 - Continuous Coverage Auto
Insurance Discount Act--NO POSITION
|WHITMAN FOR GOVERNOR 2010: RECEIVES ENDORSEMENT|
CEO exec and gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman stopped by Orange County
last week. Her
fundraising event, held at the Hyatt Regency Irvine, featured OCBC President and
CEO Lucy Dunn as
emcee and moderator, and
former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with
special guest, Tony Strickland, running for State Controller. Dr. Rice shared
her perspectives returning to the private sector and as an educator in solid
support for Meg Whitman's education reform agenda for California. Ms. Whitman
also addressed jobs creation and her business record helping to turn around
troubled companies, giving her skills to help turn around California's near
bankruptcy status. |
The event followed the endorsement coming from OCBC for the leading GOP candidate. "Meg Whitman gets it," said Dunn. "Her efforts on behalf of the business community are
aligned with OCBC's own priorities, and the Council is proud to support her as
she works to rebuild California."
grateful to receive the endorsement of the Orange County Business
Council, a pivotal advocate for large and small businesses in Southern
California," said Whitman. "Working together, we can create a vibrant
business climate where companies grow and thrive."
of last year Whitman addressed the Council during a Chairman's Leadership Breakfast;
the former eBay executive touched on her three priorities to help the
state move more like a well organized business rather than an over regulated
bureaucracy, including: jobs creation and retention, addressing the
government's spending issues and K-12 education. For more information please contact Kate Klimow.
|ANAHEIM MAYOR CURT PRINGLE TAKES HEAT WITH GRACE AND HUMOR|
|Last week OCBC and BIZPAC honored Curt Pringle for his years of
public service and dedicated leadership of Orange County as an Assembly member, Speaker of
the Assembly and as the current Mayor of Anaheim. |
featured roasters including former
Senate Pro Temp John Burton, Assembly Speaker John Perez, OCTA
CEO Will Kempton, Former Senate Republican Leader Dick Ackerman,
Metro CEO Art Leahy, State Senate Budget Chairmwoman Denise
Ducheny, Republican Party of Orange County Chairman Scott Baugh,
Brookfield Homes President Adrian Foley and Aitken Aitken and Cohn
Founding Partner Wylie Aitken.
A great time, with laughs galore, was had by all to aid in supporting solid
pro-business candidates and initiatives.
Who shall we "roast" next year? Send your suggestions to Kate Klimow.
Special thanks to all those who attended and of course our gracious event sponsors:
Thanks also to: CJ Segerstrom and Sons | Michael Brandman and Associates | West Coast University/American Career College | Word & Brown Companies | AECOM | Anaheim Hilton/Anaheim Marriott | Brookfield Homes | Care Ambulance | CH2MHill | Clean City--Bill Taoromina | HDR | IBEW 47 | KTGY | Pacific West Association of Realtors | Panattoni Development Company, Inc. | Related Companies | Republic Services | The Almond Company/Russell Harris Farms | The Honda Center | Vons, A Safeway
|SADLY OCBC'S CALIFORNIASQUIRREL.COM GETS A FEW MORE POSTS|
don't like reporting these. We're hoping someday our legislators will focus on
a California that's good for business and WON'T give us new material,
but check out the latest nuts to hit OCBC's CaliforniaSquirrel.com:|
Also, see who gets the golden acorn award this month for standing up to fight against squirrely legislation.
- SB 933 - Prohibits small businesses to charge small fees for debit card use, limiting them from covering imposed transaction fees--SQUIRREL!
- ACR 147 - The California legislature recently declared April as "Financial Literacy Month" in order to raise public awareness regarding the need for financial literacy. The California Legislature giving us advice on financial literacy? That is not only a SQUIRREL, that's just plain NUTS! How about setting a good example and balancing the state budget on time and
without new taxes or gimmicks?
California's economy needs a major boost. And the first job of
every California elected official is to help grow that economy for the
benefit of its people and environment. If a legislator isn't working to
create private sector JOBS, he may be distracted by SQUIRRELS. See what all the talk is about at www.CaliforniaSquirrel.com.
For more information, please contact Kate Klimow. Or to submit suspected Squirrels for consideration contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
|OCBC MEMBERS HAVE STRONG PRESENCE ON OCBJ'S 50 MOST INFLUENTIAL BUSINESSPEOPLE|
Orange County Business Journal unveiled its "OC 50," a list the county's most
influential businesspeople for 2010. OCBC members and partners had a strong
showing, representing 35 of the 50 who made the list,
nine individuals as honorable mentions.
Congratulations to all named. To secure your listing, contact Celeste Signorino,
OCBC's VP Investor Relations, for membership in OCBC. It seems to be
- Jim Mazzo, Abbott Medical Optics
- David Pyott, Allergan Inc.
- Tom McKernan, Automobile Club of Southern California
- Craig Cooning, Nanette Bouchard and Charles Toups, Boeing
- Milton Gordon, California State University, Fullerton
- Jim Doti, Chapman University
- Henry Segerstrom, CJ Segerstrom & Sons
- George Kalogridis, Disneyland Resort
- Michael Mussallem, Edwards Lifesciences Corp.
- Parker Kennedy, Dennis Gilmore and Anand Nallathambi, First American Corp.
- Emile Haddad, Five Points Communities Management
- Donald Bren, Richard Gilchrist, Gregory Lindstrom and Daniel Young, Irvine Company
- Jonathan Jaffe, Lennar Corp.
- James Morris, Pacific Life Insurance Co.
- Anthony Moiso, Rancho Mission Viejo LLC
- Michael Drake, University of California, Irvine
- John Coyne, Western Digital
To see a complete list of the OC 50, click here.
- Wylie Aitken, Aitken, Aitken & Cohn
- Gregory Mech, Bank of America
- Mayor Curt Pringle, City of Anaheim
- Mayor Miguel Pulido, City of Santa Ana
- Richard Afable, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
- Lucy Dunn, Orange County Business Council
- Scott Baugh, Scott Baugh and Associates
- Deborah Proctor, St. Joseph Health Systems
- Steven Marlow, Toshiba America Electronics
- Dean Andy Policano, University of California, Irvine's Paul Merage School of Business
|TIME RUNNING OUT TO REGISTER FOR OCBC'S ADVOCACY TRIP TO SACRAMENTO|
make the voice of business heard and advance Orange County's competitive advantage by joining our annual
advocacy trip to Sacramento!
Briefing with a political strategist.
Meetings to Advocate for OC's Legislative Priorities.
Legislative Dinner with
OC's State Legislative Delegation and legislative leadership.
Citizen Hotel, meals,
materials and sessions covered in cost.
the Business Council in the state's capital, you advocate on behalf of the
business community's interests for America's fifth largest county. OCBC
has organized a focused agenda to maximize your impact in Sacramento. Meetings are
scheduled with key state delegation and administration officials on priority
business issues including economic development, budget, infrastructure,
workforce development and workforce housing.
Breakfast with Assembly
Speaker John Perez.
Welcome lunch featuring the
Sacramento Bee's Jon Ortiz,
author of "The State Worker" blog and column.
information on registration or advocacy questions, please contact Kate Klimow at 949.794.7210 or for sponsorship information,
please contact Leslie Dods at 949.794.7241.
OCBC Advocacy Trip to Sacramento
Monday, May 17 and Tuesday, May 18, 2010
The Citizen Hotel, Sacramento
Trip Agenda | Sponsorship Info | Online
|OCBC COMMENDS KEY SENATE COMMITTEE VOTE FOR EDUCATION REFORM|
OCBC applauds Governor Schwarzenegger and the Senate Education Committee
for their leadership and support of proposed SB 955 sponsored by local
Sen. Bob Huff. The bill, now headed to the full Senate for
consideration, would end the practice of laying off teachers solely
based on seniority.
"With education funding constraints in a tough economy, flexibility
is necessary to keep California's educational system on track," said Lucy
Dunn, OCBC President and CEO. "This bill allows the state to
concentrate on the needs of schools and students and helps ensure
The bill also includes common-sense reforms such as allowing
schools until the end of the school year to notify teachers of potential
layoffs, rather than forcing them to "over-notice" in mid-March before
they have adequate state education funding information; giving local
governing boards final decision-making authority on teacher dismissals
and eliminating the requirement that teachers placed on administrative
leave be paid until formally charged.
The Council strongly urges the full senate to support SB 955 and
education reform that helps drive California's workforce preparedness.
As the economy cycles through a major recession, we must be more
proactive then ever -- not only to anticipate recovery, but to nurture
it. Orange County remains a strong presence in the national and global
economy. The obstacles we face include a lack of skilled workers who can
fill future vacancies; educational and training needs for high-wage and
high-growth occupations; and economic development challenges. For more information please contact Kate Klimow or Alicia Berhow.
|OC'S UNEMPLOYMENT HITS 10.1 PERCENT|
By Kristen Schott, OC Metro|
Orange County's unemployment rate jumped back into the double-digits in
March, according to statistics released by the state's Employment Development
Department. The rate hit 10.1 percent last month, up from a revised
9.8 percent in February.
But, it's not exactly bad news,
according to Anil Puri, dean of Cal State Fulleton's Mihaylo School
of Business and Economics.
"Even though overall economic
conditions have begun to improve, the employment data gives a mixed
picture," he says. "Jobs are being created and net payroll jobs are
growing. ... But because people feel that the job market is improving,
more have jumped back in the labor force market and are looking for
Dr. Wallace Walrod, the Orange County Business Council's vice
president of economic development and research, says the numbers are
promising because job growth is occurring in the private sector.
in all," he says, "the fact that the private sector is starting to hire
in significant numbers is extremely promising and an indicator that the
Orange County economy is recovering nicely." [READ FULL STORY HERE]
|NEXT CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST TO FEATURE NEW DISNEYLAND PRESIDENT|
Join OCBC for the Chairman's Leadership Breakfast featuring the new
president of The Disneyland Resort, Geroge A. Kalogridis. Listen as OCBC
CEO Leadership Caucus Chairman Tom Phelps conducts an indepth interview
with one of Orange County's leading executives.|
On October 12, 2009, George Anthony Kalogridis was named
president of The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. A 39-year
veteran of The Walt Disney Company's theme park business, George has
returned to the Disneyland Resort. As president, George oversees a
workforce of 20,000 Cast Members at the 506-acre resort, which
comprises the world-famous Disneyland Park, Disney's California
Adventure Park, the Disneyland Hotel, Disney's Grand Californian
Hotel & Spa, the Paradise Pier Hotel and Downtown Disney.
What: Chairman's Leadership Breakfast Featuring George A. Kalogridis
When: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 |
Breakfast: 7:30 a.m.
Where: The Center Club, Costa Mesa
Online Registration | For more info, please contact Leslie Dods.
|OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS|
Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee
Friday, April 30, 2010 from 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Latino Educational Attainment Committee
Friday, May 7, 2010 from 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday,May 11 , 2010 from 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Workforce Development Committee
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 from 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Community Colleges Working Group
Thursday, May 20, 2010 from 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Committee meetings are open to
OCBC members and invited guests only. All committee meetings are held
at the OCBC offices unless otherwise specified. For more information on
upcoming committee meetings for 2010 check out OCBC's Committees.
Looking to get more involved?
Click below to receive specific committee notices.
South Orange County Chamber of Commerce: "Meet the Candidates" Reception - Thursday, May 6, 2010
Join City of Mission Viejo and AT&T, for the must-attend event of the primary season! Candidates for office from the
County level on up to the Governors race have been invited to mingle with South
OC Chamber members in a fun, festive and relaxed setting. We are excited by the
number of candidates who have already committed to
The event will take place at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center in Mission Viejoe from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost for the event is only
$25. Sponsorships start at only $100! So if you
would like your company to be recognized at the event as a table sponsor, have
questions about or want to RSVP for the event, please call Karen Hume at the
Chamber at (949) 635-1634 or
e-mail email@example.com. Space is limited
so please RSVP as soon as possible!
Anaheim International Film Festival Exclusive Sneak Preview Event - Thursday, May 6, 2010
You've heard the buzz, now come see what it is all about. AIFF invites you to an exclusive behind the scenes look at the makings of a film festival.
Meet and greet the creative minds behind the Anaheim International Film Festival, attend a short film screening, meet film makers, cast and crew. Learn how AIFF supports the film industry, Anaheim and Orange County and how you can get more involved. The event will take place at the Anaheim Garden Walk starting at 5 p.m. RSVP to 714.991.9110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orange County Sheriff Candidate Debate - Tuesday, May 11, 2010
The Orange County Forum, together with Gen-Next O.C., are
delighted to offer the opportunity for you to meet and hear the candidates for
the office of Orange County Sheriff 2010. With the Orange County Register's
Brian Calle as the Debate Moderator, the candidates will share their views on
the most critical issues facing Orange County's law enforcement and community
protection organization. Click here to register and full event information.
OCBC Healthcare Task Force Meeting - Tuesday, May 11, 2010
SAVE THE DATE for
the next Health Care Task Force Meeting. On Tuesday, May 11, Pfizer
Pharmaceuticals will be hosting a special presentation for OCBC members and
investors on smoking cessation and how wellness can positively affect your
business and its health care costs. If you would like more information, please
contact Alicia Berhow at email@example.com. The meeting and
presentation will be from 12:00pm to 1:30pm. Lunch will be provided, but
seating will be limited. To RSVP, please contact Leslie Dods at
Orange County Tourism Council's 2nd Annual Tourism Conference - Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The mission of this
conference is to showcase the
Orange County Tourism Council's role, through
branding, in the development/sustainability of
tourism to Orange County and to serve as an
information resource to hospitality businesses. The conference will provide speakers who will
share ideas for marketing in the current climate
and The OC branding efforts of the Council. Emerging
travel trends from a national
perspective will also be presented.
Click here for more info, or to register.
3rd Annual Orange County Water Summit - Friday, May 14, 2010
The 2010 O.C. Water Summit -
themed Capture the Flow - will bring together hundreds of professionals
representing business, manufacturing and agriculture, the water and
environmental communities, elected officials, and community leaders.
Guests will learn about the threats and opportunities before us and
hear from expert panelists as we begin to cultivate ideas and solutions.
What are the global economic and societal trends related to water
reliability? What role does innovation and technology play in managing
water? How are other nations addressing similar water challenges? Find
out at the OC Water Summit! Click here to register and for further event details!
South Orange County Largest Career Fair - Friday, May 14, 2010
OCBC is a proud partner of
"South Orange County's Largest Career Fair" - Friday, May 14, from 10:00 a.m. to
2:00 p.m. at 10 Goodyear, Irvine, CA.
The fair is open to businesses looking to fill hourly or
salaried positions (sorry, no commission-only, 1099, or MLM positions) in Aliso
Viejo, Dana Point, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna
Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita, San
Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, and Tustin. Interested employers should not
delay; the first 35 employers to confirm will have their registration fee
For candidates, South Orange County's Largest Career Fair
is free to attend and includes onsite career industry experts who will
personally evaluate candidates' resumes, as well as several workshops on how to
write a more powerful resume, how to master the interview process, and how to
put your best foot forward.
For complete information and to register, please visit www.oclargestcareerfair.com.
Orange County Housing Summit IV - Thursday, May 20, 2010
The Orange County Housing Trust (OCHT) and
the Orange County Business Council will co-host the fourth annual Orange County
Housing Summit May 20, 2010
at the University
of California, Irvine Student
Center from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. The OC Housing Summit is the largest event of
its kind in Orange
County. Click here to register for the Summit or contact Dan Carlsson, 949.559.9382 or
SAVE THE DATE! Public Infrastructure Financing Forum - Tuesday, May 25, 2010
On Tuesday, May 25th, from 10am-4pm, California's Public Infrastructure
Advisory Commission (PIAC) will partner with leading transportation, finance,
and industry experts in hosting thePublic Infrastructure Financing Forum.
Please join this important discussion about financing
strategies for critical transportation and social infrastructure.The day's discussion will include: an update on the pending Presidio
Parkway (formerly Doyle Drive) P3 project and other projects in the emerging
California pipeline of projects, with an emphasis on alternative financing
strategies and delivery options for managed lanes, transit,
and freight infrastructure. Click here for event website.
SAVE THE DATE! Walk United - Sunday, June 13, 2010
Team up with Orange County United Way and Angels Baseball Foundation and WALK UNITED to provide for the over 290,000 people living below the poverty level in our community. Register to Walk and Get More Information at www.walkunited.com.
SAVE THE DATE! Mobility 21 Regional Transportation Summit - Friday, October 29, 2010
After hosting the largest
Southern California Transportation Summit in history last September, Mobility 21
will hold the 2010 Summit at the Disneyland Hotel
in Anaheim on
Friday, Oct. 29. The 2010 Summit will feature more breakout sessions, an
expanded expo with more exhibit space, the first-ever Mobility 21 Challenge,
2010 Mobility 21 Award winners, cutting edge transportation information and
exciting speakers from around the nation. For more information , please contact
Marnie O'Brien Primmer, 949.288.6884 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|IS IT NEWS TO YOU? THEN IT'S NEWS WE CAN USE!
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